I'm happy to announce that Juvenile Diabetes No Limits is heading back down to the Chicago area for another free driving clinic for teens with diabetes. This 1-day program is open to teens with diabetes ages 15-19 with a valid permit or drivers license. If space permits, 14 and 15-year-olds can take part and learn (they can ride along, usually, but can't do the … [Read more...] about Free Diabetes Driving Clinic for Teens – Chicago, IL – 9/27/14
I'm very excited to welcome Gavin Griffiths to Minneapolis! Gavin is an ultra-marathoner who has lived with type 1 diabetes since the age of 8. He's making our great city an important part of an amazing adventure he's on - the "Diathlete USA Tour 2014!" Based in London, Gavin makes a habit of doing big things in the name of diabetes advocacy. As this post publishes, … [Read more...] about Diathlete Gavin Griffiths in Minneapolis!
Among other things, Kerri and I were responsible for being "room captains" of the Adults with Type 1 room (sponsored by Insulet (thank you!)) at this year's Friends for Life conference in Orlando, FL last week. Being a room captain means introducing speakers, making sure there is water and glucose tabs available, answering questions, and basically making sure the presenters … [Read more...] about Iris Checked my Irises – 2012 FFL Conference
I spent Sunday afternoon sweating it out with the local Insulindependence regional group. Insulindependence is all about helping people, of all ages and fitness levels, be active with diabetes. It's a great mission! Would your life with diabetes be different if you had a group of people around and available that were very educated about diabetes and exercise? Last … [Read more...] about December Dawn Phenom – Insulindependence
Last weekend I attended a JDRF event called "Reach and Teach U" held in Bloomington, MN (one of the Twin Cities nearby suburbs) near the Mall of America. This was the third annual event, but it was the first I had heard of and attended. There was no charge (but pre-registration was required). It was scheduled to go from 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM, with a number of presentations and … [Read more...] about JDRF “Reach And Teach U” Event
A bunch of luck, good fortune, and a few days in Vegas? Yep! That describes the tail end of last week for me. WEGO Health recommended me for a scholarship to attend Blogworld Expo 2010! The folks at BlogWorld covered travel, one night of lodging, and admission to the Social Health Track at this years conference. It was an incredible trip, packed … [Read more...] about BlogWorld Expo 2010
After a crazy California evening, and a few hours of sleep, the Simmons family and I were on the road headed to the Team Ninjabetic 2010 JDRF Walk for a Cure! Team Ninjabetic was the largest family team, and even beat the corporate sponsor (Coca-Cola/Coke Zero) by over 20 walkers. We represented big time. We all had awesome Ninjabetic t-shirts, generously donated by … [Read more...] about Ninjabetic Weekend – Saturday – The Walk
I didn't think too long before deciding to head down for the Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) Conference that happened on September 25, 2010. It's less than a single tank of gas, and only a four-hour drive from my house to downtown Des Moines, IA. Add in a night or two in a hotel, and it's a perfect recipe for recharging my "Diabetes Battery" and visiting with some … [Read more...] about I Loved TCOYD, Des Moines, IA (Taking Control of Your Diabetes)
Sorry folks, I'm not done gushing about CWD Friends For Life. I left off with Jay Hewitt on three TV screens, and some evening basketball with Gary Scheiner. I had just as much trouble choosing sessions on Friday as I did the day before. I'm a big fan of Tom Karlya, also known as "Diabetes Dad", which made my morning decision that much easier. He and Kimberly Davis, … [Read more...] about CWD Friends For Life – Mountain Climber!
I walked into the Richard Rubin Keynote (opening session) with an overflowing breakfast plate and my shoulder bag full of diet sodapop. After only a step or two into the room I was stopped in my tracks by the sheer size of this thing. I had no idea. No. Idea. I could not even see the people on the other side of the room. They were lost over the horizon. There were THREE … [Read more...] about CWD Friends For Life – Epic Sizer!